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Tuesday March 31, 2015
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6 Ways to Get Big Money Out of Politics

HP | Ben Cohen | 03/31/15

With the Oval Office at stake, the final price tag on next year's election will be sky high. It's predicted to total $5 billion. Politicians are talking to funders over constituents, listening to Big Money over voters. It's no wonder that for years the interests of regular Americans have been collecting dust in the halls of Washington. Our government should be representing the will of the people, not the will of a few billionaires. It's time we unite and wield the collective influence of people-power in order to unshackle our politicians from Big Money's venomous grip. This movement is about grassroots action; here are six ways you can help fight back.

  1. Turn your money into media - Join StampStampede.org, a grassroots, viral tactic that demonstrates the demand to stamp out big money's corruptive influence in Washington.
  2. Ask President Obama to issue an Executive Order - Sign a petition that will be sent to the White House demanding an end to secretive campaign spending. Only a fourth of the largest government contractors disclose their political contributions. Meanwhile, the businesses who spend millions of dollars on political expenditures seem to be the ones securing the biggest, most lucrative federal contracts.
  3. Pass local anti-corruption laws - Roll up your sleeves and volunteer to root out corruption locally. In the last midterm, Represent.Us worked side-by-side with local volunteers of all political leanings in Tallahassee, Florida; they reached out to voters who successfully approved the Anti-Corruption Act, mandating full transparency of campaign spending in Tallahassee.
  4. Take action in your state - Sixteen states have already passed resolutions in support of a Constitutional amendment to get Big Money out of elections and Free Speech for People needs your help getting more states on board. The Maine Citizens for Clean Elections is an excellent model of people-power on the state level with citizens empowering fellow citizens to update their first-in-the-nation publicly funded elections.
  5. Ask the question - In the first-primary state of New Hampshire, members of the NH Rebellion and American Friends Service Committee are recruiting and training people statewide to ask presidential hopefuls the question: "What specific reforms will you advance to end the corrupting influence of money in politics?"
  6. Protest - This April 2nd will mark the one-year anniversary of the Supreme Court's McCutcheon v. FEC decision, which removed restrictions on how much individuals can overall donate to candidates and party committees. Now 1-percenters can give up to $5.9 million to political campaigns in one election cycle.

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Former Fed Governor Admits Market Controlling The Fed Is A "Very Dangerous Development"
ZeroHedge | author | 03/31/15

Someone is not getting invited back on CNBC... Read more

Former Fed Governor Admits Market Controlling The Fed Is A "Very Dangerous Development" (03/31/15) [8:20]

How The Fed Has Failed The Nation (In One Chart)
ZeroHedge | author | 03/31/15

The supposed goal of the Fed's zero-interest rate policy (ZIRP) and quantitative easing (QE) was to make borrowing easier for both corporations and consumers, the idea being companies would borrow to invest in new productive capacity and consumers would buy the new goods and services being produced with cheap credit.

The secondary publicly stated goal was to spark a rally in stocks, bonds and real estate that would spark a wealth effect: as households saw their net worth rise, they would feel wealthier and thus more likely to buy goods and services they didn't need on credit. ...

  1. The real reason for ZIRP and QE was to rebuild the balance sheets and profits of banks on the backs of savers who have earned near-zero thanks to the Fed's manipulation of markets.
  2. Did they invest in new productive capacity? No, they bought back their own stocks--trillions of dollars worth, to boost stock prices and managerial bonuses.
  3. The other group of financiers with access to the Fed's free money for financiers has been private equity. So did the private equity multi-millionaires borrow the Fed's largesse to build new plant and hire new employees? Did they invest the borrowed billions in productive startups?
  4. No--they used the money to buy existing companies and bleed them dry.
  5. Between 2009 and 2012, the first years of the economic recovery, the top 1% saw their incomes climb 31.4% -- or, 95% of the total gain -- while the bottom 99% saw growth of 0.4%.
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Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Tuesday, March 31 [9:15]
*DN | "A Matter of War & Peace": Iran, Powers Near Preliminary Deal in face of Congress-Israel Opposition (03/31/15) [7:55]
*DN | Former Mideast Peace Envoy George Mitchell on U.S.-Israel Showdown over Iran, Palestinian Statehood (03/31/15) [22:53]
DN | Ex-Sen. George Mitchell: Freed Whistleblower on Azerbaijan Corruption Should Never Have Been Jailed (03/31/15) [2:30]
Archeology | Ancient Sites | Lost Civilizations
*Graham Hancock | Quest for the Lost civilization [2:31:12]
*Secrets of the Egyptian Pyramids () [1:36:48]
*Göbeklitepe Belgeseli The Worlds First Temple () [1:20:10]
*TRNN | Author and journalist Anand Gopal discusses: U.S. Policy in Afghanistan Created Hundreds of Little Dictators (03/31/15) [12:47]
TRNN | Are the CO2 Emissions Reduction Targets Enough to Stop Climate Catastrophe? (03/31/15) [15:21]
TYT | Cameraman Reveals More Bill O'Reilly Bullsh*t (03/30/15) [5:26]
TYT | What Millennials Find Immoral May Surprise You (New Survey) (03/30/15) [6:31]
TYT | LGBT Celebrities' React To Anti-Gay Religious Freedom Law (03/30/15) [7:08]
TYT | Nebraskan Oil & Gas Committee Challenged To A Glass Of "Safe" Fracking Water (03/30/15) [5:32]
RT | Occupy Rupert Murdoch (E738) (03/31/15) [21:52]
In the second half, they look at Deutsche Bank considering closing down their retail operations because, in this new QE and Zirp managed world, they lose money on depositors. So not only does the media no longer perform their function of challenging power, but now banks no longer provide the function of taking deposits and making loans. The only thing making Deutsche Bank reluctant to shut down retail operations is that their logo on the high street keeps them in the hearts of the very taxpayers who will need to bail them out the next time the banking system tumbles.
Thom Hartmann - www.thomhartmann.com/
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03.31.2015. 10:33

Monday March 30, 2015
News Articles
REPEAT - But I think is important!
*Demonocracyinfo | US Debt in Physical $100 bills [2:10]
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*DailyTicker | Pentagon Can't Find 8.3 Trillion Dollars [5:30]
Mike Maloney | Hidden Secrets of Money (How Money is Made) (10/15/13) [29:34]
WEALTH Is Being Extracted From Our Economy, Under Our Noses!

Why on Earth Did the Feds Approve a High-Pressure Gas Pipeline Near a Nuke Plant?
AlterNet | author | 03/27/15

... The primary pipeline safety risk is ruptures. When a gas pipeline ruptured in San Bruno, California in 2010, it leveled a Bay Area neighborhood and killed eight people, incurring $1.4 billion in damages. The San Bruno pipeline was much smaller and carried less gas at a lower pressure than the proposed Spectra pipeline in Westchester County. ...

... At Indian Point, NY, neither the Nuclear Regulatory Commission nor FERC will require electronic safety features to automatically shut down the pipeline in the event of leaks, ruptures or explosions. Instead, Spectra, the pipeline company, will monitor the pipeline from Houston, with the promise that "upon viewing a drop in pressure within the distant pipeline, the Houston employees could close safety valves within three minutes." ...

... How near would a rupture-triggered fire be to nuclear plan structures? Paul Blanch, the nuclear safety expert, explained, "we have the gas turbine fuel oil tanks that are located in a very close proximity to the pipeline. They hold hundreds, maybe millions of gallons of burning jet fuel oil which would ignite and flow downhill into safety-related structures, including the switchyard, transformers, as well as vital tanks that are used for cooling which are in the high-heat flux and blast radius." ... Read more

7 Laws of Personal Power That Exponentially Elevate Quality of Life
HP | Sherrie Campbell, PhD | 03/30/15

To exponentially elevate the quality of your life commit to removing your fearful thoughts, acts of timidity, and the need to be the same as everyone else to feel a sense of belonging. Have the courage to live by higher standards and never apologize for them. Trust that the people who want to be in your life will rise to meet you at your highest expectations. ...

  1. Healthy relationship choices: At is core, a happy and fulfilling life is centered in your relationships.
  2. Never neglect yourself: Personal power and complacency cannot co-exist in the making of a high quality life. Dedicate time and energy wherever necessary to ensure that no important areas of your life are neglected.
  3. Focus on possibilities not problems: With personal power you possess the deep belief there are available solutions for all your problems.
  4. Self-development: To grow in personal power consistently monitor, evaluate and adjust your own life, your relationships, your self-care, your attitude and personal beliefs to stay clear of complacency so you may continue meeting your higher standards.
  5. Manage time wisely: To uphold your personal power examine where you spend most of your time. Do you get the most important tasks out of the way first or do you typically get through the small, tedious things which seem more urgent? Getting caught in small, urgent tasks pull you from the more important goals requiring your attention. Focus on what is most important and work from there.
  6. Take responsibility: Whatever happens in your life and relationships the best path to the development of your personal power is to accept responsibility for the outcomes, both positive and negative.
  7. Be kind: There is no greater a value to offer as a human being than the simple power of kindness.
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The Patriot Act
Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Monday, March 30 [8:26]
*DN | Attorney for Bowe Bergdahl: Army Report Shows Ex-POW Left Base to Report Wrongdoing, Not Desert Unit (03/30/15) [15:40], Part 2 [16:24]
DN | Iran Nuclear Talks Near Deadline Amid "Air of Inevitability Combined with Tremendous Uncertainty" (03/30/15) [5:52]
The Trillion-Dollar Conspiracy: 9/11 Explosive Evidence () [1:20:05]
Jeremy Scahill
*Jeremy Scahill: Inside America's New Covert Wars: Navy SEALs, Delta Force, Blackwater, Security Contractors (05/21/13) [1:09:42]
Jeremy Scahill: How Do You Surrender To A Drone? () [1:03:23]
TRNN | TRNN's Jessica Desvarieux interviews: The Republican Budget vs. The People's Budget (03/30/15) [10:55]
TRNN | Walid Al-Saqaf discusses: How Yemen Became the Latest Iranian-Saudi Arabian Proxy War (03/30/15) [8:38]
*TRNN | Phyllis Bennis speaks: at the Conference on the George W. Bush Presidency about why the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan violated international law (03/30/15) [14:48]
TRNN | Participants at the George W. Bush Conference at Hofstra University respond to Elliott Abrams' comment that the Iraq war was not illegal under international law (03/27/15) [4:29]
TYT | Who Is ISIS Trying To Recruit Now? (03/29/15) [4:06]
TYT | Education Doesn't Matter: Republicans Still Don't Believe In Climate Change (03/29/15) [5:25]
TYT | Lawmaker/Veteran Tells Story Of Her Own Rape And GOP Laughs At Her (03/29/15) [8:01]
RT | NGO Warfare (03/30/15) [23:43]
Thom Hartmann - www.thomhartmann.com/
John Oliver
HBO | John Oliver: April Fools' Day (03/29/15) [4:27]
Other Videos and Documentaries I Ran Across
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03.30.2015. 11:52

Friday March 27, 2015
News Articles
REPEAT - But I think is important!
*Demonocracyinfo | US Debt in Physical $100 bills [2:10]

How the American War Machine Is Sucking Up Vast Amounts of Cash to Screw Up the World
AlterNet | William Hartung | 03/26/15

President Obama and Senator John McCain, who have clashed on almost every conceivable issue, do agree on one thing: the Pentagon needs more money. Obama wants to raise the Pentagon's budget for fiscal year 2016 by $35 billion more than the caps that exist under current law allow. McCain wants to see Obama his $35 billion and raise him $17 billion more. Last week, the House and Senate Budget Committees attempted to meet Obama's demands by pressing to pour tens of billions of additional dollars into the uncapped supplemental war budget. Read more
Daily Ticker | Find the $8.5 Trillion the Pentagon Can't Account For (2014) [5:32]

Senator Harry Reid Announces Retirement
HP | author | 03/27/15

Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) will not seek re-election, he said in an interview with The New York Times published Friday. Reid has led the Senate Democrats since 2005. In a video posted Friday morning, Reid thanked his constituents for allowing him to serve the state of Nevada. My life's work has been to make Nevada and our nation better. Thank you for giving me that wonderful opportunity ... Read more

Senate Passes GOP Budget After Late-Night Debate
HP | author | 03/27/15

The Senate early Friday passed a Republican budget plan that would cut spending by $5.1 trillion over 10 years, raise military funding and repeal Obamacare. The non-binding budget, debated all week and passed 52-46 during a 15-hour marathon session before the Easter recess, gives Republicans another crack at repealing the Affordable Care Act, probably through a process known as reconciliation, and increases defense spending while slashing funds in other areas, including education and health care ... Read more

Turkey Devolves Into A Full Police State: Law Grants Unlimited Powers To Weaponized Police Force.

It's Official: Americans Spent All Their "Gas Savings" On Obamacare
ZeroHedge | author | 03/27/15

Unmasked the two great mysteries of the US economy in recent history: the first being why there is no wage growth, which is because all the wage growth was going to the 20% of the workforce that is supervisors and bosses. For everyone else: sorry... ... and now we have solved the mystery of why US households did not spend all those billions in "dropping gas price" windfalls - the answer is that they did spend all this money. Read more
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Another Oligarch Preaches To The Peasants: Charlie Munger Says "Prepare For Harder World"
"If you're unhappy with what you've had over the last 50 years, you have an unfortunate misappraisal of life... should all be prepared for adjusting to a world that is harder... "Read more
Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Friday, March 27 [11:49]
*DN | African Economist Samir Amin on the World Social Forum, Globalization & the Barbarism of Capitalism (03/27/15) [15:41]
*DN | Yemen Does Not Need Another War: Report from Sana'a as Saudi Attack Enters Second Day (03/27/15) [9:10], Part 2 [11:19]
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TRNN | Participants at the George W. Bush Conference at Hofstra University respond to Elliott Abrams' comment that the Iraq war was not illegal under international law (03/27/15) [4:29]
TRNN | Yemeni Houthi movement has more to do internal conflict within Yemen and less to do with the projected Shia-Sunni rivalry in the region (03/27/15) [11:16]
TRNN | Dimitri Lascaris says: Greek Public Coffers Expected to Run Dry Next Month (03/27/15) [10:42]
TYT | Germanwings Flight 9525 Crashed Under Dubious Circumstances (03/26/15) [4:47]
*TYT | Brutality Epidemic : Police Assault Unarmed Black Man At Traffic Stop (03/26/15) [6:00]
TYT | University of Phoenix Is Hemorrhaging Students (03/26/15) [7:49]
RT | West vs RT? (03/27/15) [24:12]
RT | Keiser Report: Capitalism Without Capital?! (E735) (03/24/15) [23:59]
In the second half, Max interviews Aleksandar Vidovic of Salviol about the size of the financial fraud market and what his company is doing to shrink it.
Thom Hartmann - www.thomhartmann.com/
ThomHartmann | Capital Gains Tax... The Next Great Treasury Raid (03/26/15) [17:13]

03.27.2015. 11:00

Thursday March 26, 2015
News Articles

US CEO-Worker Pay Gap Is Widest In Developed World
ZeroHedge | author | 03/26/15

The CEOs of 350 Standard & Poor's 500 companies made 331 times more than their employees in 2013, up from a ratio of 46-to-1 in 1983, according to the AFL-CIO. That's more than twice the gap in Switzerland and Germany, and about 10 times bigger than in Austria. In Japan, CEOs make about 67 times more than workers (although the country's highest-paid woman earns only 25 times more). ... Read more

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Why Martin O'Malley and Elizabeth Warren Can Beat Any Republican, Including Walker, Bush, Paul and Cruz
HP | H. A. Goodman | 03/26/15

Rising stars in the Democratic Party like Tim Kaine, Jim Webb and especially Martin O'Malley and Elizabeth Warren are all formidable candidates, despite the fact that one liberal icon has amassed $328,755,858 and owns her own server. If Republicans can be proud of the fact that Ted Cruz would "most likely" be able to serve as president, Democrats should trumpet the plethora of talent within their ranks. The truth is that presidential elections are decided by electoral votes, not the soap opera we'll all witness for the next 593 days. To win the White House a candidate needs 270 electoral votes; far fewer than the 332 votes Obama won in 2012 to beat Romney. Martin O'Malley and Elizabeth Warren can defeat anyone Republicans have to offer in 2016, primarily because they possess ideas and attributes that resonate with the majority of Americans. ... Read more

Overwhelmingly the terrorist attacks in United States and Europe have been committed by non-Muslims.

Amani Al-Khatahtbeh Explains How Muslim Women Are 'Spoken Over By The Public' And Their Voices 'Ignored'
HP | Rahel Gebreyes | 03/25/15

When it comes to discussions of how Islam affects the lives of the women who practice it, Western media often insists on speaking for them. But Muslim women are perfectly willing and able to lend their own voices to the issues that affect their lives.

From conversations about headscarves to how religious teachings regard women, we are rarely given the chance to hear the perspectives of Muslim women themselves. And as Muslim.Girl.net CEO Amani Al-Khatahtbeh explains in a HuffPost Live interview on Tuesday, Muslim women have long fought the exclusion. ... Read more

PHOTOS: 'Trash Mountain' Rises Up In Mumbai As City Runs Out Of Space For Its Own Waste
HP | Nick Visser | 03/26/15

We have a waste problem. The world throws a lot of things away -- measured to be about 3.5 million tons of solid waste a day in 2013, a number expected to climb to 6 million tons a day by 2025. ... Read more

Surprise! Another Christian Terrorist
Daily Beast | Dean Obeidallah | 03/24/15

Well, last Friday night, this exact event took place at the New Orleans airport--that is, except for one factual difference: The attacker was not Muslim. Consequently, you might be reading about this brazen assault for the first time here, although this incident did receive a smattering of media coverage over the weekend.

The man who commited this attack was Richard White, a 63-year-old former Army serviceman who has long been retired and living on Social Security and disability checks. He was reportedly a devout Jehovah's Witness. ... Read more

Middle East Proxy War: Presenting The Massive "Decisive Storm" Coalition
ZeroHEdge | author | 03/26/15

The biggest news of the day is the start of the second proxy war in the past year (the first one of course being the Ukraine civil war which is just a chess game between the west, mostly the US with Europe as a reluctant second fiddle, and the Kremlin) overnight in Yemen, where as we reported yesterday a coalition led by Saudi Arabia and backed by the US has launched an airborne assault on Yemen's Houthi rebels at the request of the self-exiled government (at last check Yemen's president was in Oman), which confronts the Suuni states led by Saudi Arabia, against the mostly Shiite militia, which has the broad support of Iran. ... Read more
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Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Thursday, March 26 [7:24]
*DN | Endless War: As U.S. Strikes Tikrit & Delays Afghan Pullout, "War on Terror" Toll Tops 1.3 Million (03/26/15) [25:57]
*DN | Seymour Hersh Recalls Reporting on My Lai Massacre in Vietnam (03/26/15) [6:23]
DN | Why Is Climate Denier David Koch on the Board of Top Science Museums? Letter Urges Cutting of Ties (03/26/15) [9:23]
*TRNN | Col. Larry Wilkerson: Hofstra University Conference Considers Legacy of Second Bush Presidency (03/26/15) [7:12]
TRNN | Ray McGovern and Jason Leopold: The intelligence agencies had the information on 9/11, the question is why didn't they use it (older) [24:00]
Who is Rich Blee? The 9/11 official cover up and CIA malfeasance. (05/27/13) [46:57]
Alfreda Frances Bikowsky: CIA Criminal (11/07/14) [10:17]
Wikipedia | Alfreda Frances Bikowsky | CIA | Film: Zero Dark Thirty
Sony | Zero Dark Thirty (trailer) (2012) [$2.99 for full 2:37:01]
For a decade, an elite team of intelligence and military operatives, working in secret across the globe, devoted themselves to a single goal: to find and eliminate Osama bin Laden. Zero Dark Thirty reunites the Oscar winning team of director-producer Kathryn Bigelow and writer-producer Mark Boal (The Hurt Locker) for the story of history's greatest manhunt for the world's most dangerous man.
*TYT | Behind The Scenes Police Training Video: When To Use Lethal Force (03/25/15) [6:33]
TYT | Duck Dynasty Patriarch Paints Bizarre Rape & Murder Scenario Against Atheism (03/25/15) [6:29]
TYT | Televangelist Creflo Dollar NEEDS A Private Jet For Missionary Work (03/25/15) [6:52]
TYT | What Exactly Has Ted Cruz Accomplished? (03/25/15) [5:11]
RT | Keiser Report: Debtism vs Capitalsm (E736) (03/26/15) [24:12]
In the second half, Max interviews Daniel Hassan of the Robin Hood Minor Asset Management hedge fund which rides the wave of trading whales with the best performance record. Having outperformed the S&P index since its inception, all profits have gone to groups expanding the commons and the public domain.
Thom Hartmann - www.thomhartmann.com/
The way it works nowadays, the CEO selects the board of directors and they, in turn, decides the CEO's pay....simple....
Other Videos and Documentaries I Ran Across
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As I construct My News Pages I constantly run across a lot of NEW videos, and since I find YouTube frustrating trying to re-find videos, I save the links in this section so I can find them again.
Who needs the CIA? () [51:09]
Mesopotamia | The Sumerians
Mesopotamia - The Sumerians () [51:57]
Michael Tellinger - Stone Circles & Ancient Gold Mines in South Africa - Megalithomania (2010) [9:56]
2014 Ancient Hidden Technology of the Annunaki () [2:02:34]
Megalithomania.co.uk website
Göbekli Tepe - 12,000 to 14,000 years old
Göbekli Tepe: Ancient Technology 10,000 BC or Older? Graham Hancock, Andrew Collins & Hugh Newman (06/27/15) [12:11]
In this video Graham Hancock, Andrew Collins and Hugh Newman explore Göbekli Tepe - the oldest megalithic temple on Earth. Filmed on Megalithomania's 'Origins of Civlization Tour', they discuss this 12,000 year old site, its implications, as well as giving the viewer a guided tour around Enclosures A, B, C and D, where most of the complex is situated.
NatGeo | Gobekli Tepe () [44:59]
Göbeklitepe Belgeseli The Worlds First Temple () [1:20:10]
More Bible Books
The Epic of Gilgamesh Full Book () [2:11:32]

03.26.2015. 12:07

Wednesday March 25, 2015
News Articles

Armed With US Weapons, Yemen Rebels Advance On President As Saudi Arabia Prepares For War
ZeroHedge | author | 03/25/15

Previously we reported that in the latest "coup" for US foreign policy, the US had "lost" over $500 million in weapons in Yemen, until recently an Obama administration foreign policy "success story", following the abrupt evacuation of the US embassy there, all of which ended up in local rebel and al-Qaeda hands. ... Read more
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From almost 2.5% GDP growth expectations in February, The Atlanta Fed's GDPNow model has now collapsed its estimates of Q1 GDP growth to just 0.2% - plunging from +1.4% just 2 weeks ago.

Jon Stewart's 'Daily Show' Segment Leads To Huge Change For Veterans
HP | Ed Mazza | 03/25/15

"The Daily Show" has just made a huge difference in the lives of veterans, helping many gain access to a program they were unfairly kept from using.

The Choice Program, which was put in place to speed access to medical care after it was revealed that some patients had been waiting months for treatment, allows veterans who live far from VA facilities to get out-of-network care closer to home. ... Read more
*Jon Stewart |The Department of Veteran Affairs launches an initiative to better provide health care to veterans, but the results are mixed at best. (03/23/15) [7:38]

Exposing America's Billionaire Welfare Ranchers
AlterNet | Vickery Eckhoff | 03/24/15

Americans love ranchers: Gritty ranchers, mom-and-pop ranchers, renegade ranchers -- especially those who raise livestock on the vast open prairies of the West through a mixture of hard work and rugged independence. But there's another side to the ever-popular rancher mythology-- a side the media doesn't cover and the public never sees. The Koch brothers, Ted Turner, the Hilton family and nine other powerful ranchers share an uncommon privilege: giant public subsidies, unknown to U.S. taxpayers.

The .01 percenters. They are the nation's biggest welfare ranchers, according to numerous environmental and policy groups; and it's time they brought some attention to themselves, and the federal grazing program they're exploiting to waste as much as $1 billion a year of taxpayer money while causing long-term damage to one of the public's most treasured assets. ...

  1. David and Charles Koch (Koch Industries) - The brothers hold a half-dozen grazing permits on public land in Montana to go with its 300,000-acre Matador Ranch there. The brothers are tied for fourth place on Forbes 2014 400 Richest People in America list (net worth: $ 42 billion each). The Koch family ($ 89 billion) is #2 on Forbes Richest Families list; Koch Industries is #2 on Forbes America's Largest Private Companies list, ($ 115 billion in sales).
  2. J.R. Simplot Corp. - The largest U.S. public lands ranching entity (with an estimated 2 to 3 million acres of allotments in CA, ID, NV, OR and UT) is #63 on Forbes 2014 list of America's Largest Private Companies ($ 5.8 billion in sales). In 2014, the family was #29 on Forbes list of America's Richest Families (net worth: $ 8 billion).
  3. Bruce McCaw (McCaw Cellular) - McCaw was #382 on Forbes 400 list of America's Richest People in 2005 (net worth: $ 925 million). Through his 9 sprawling ranches, he controls a significant number of public grazing leases in ID and possibly NV. One of them (Camas Creek ranch) includes 272,000 acres of Federal grazing allotments in Idaho's Camas Prairie. Grazing permitted to his other ranches could easily double or triple that to a million acres or more.
  4. Barrick Gold - The Canadian mining company is one of the two largest public lands ranchers in NV, ranking 771st on Forbes Global 2000 list of the World's Biggest Public Companies in 2014, (sales: $ 12.56 billion). Like many other large public lands ranchers, Barrick buys ranches to secure water rights.
  5. Southern Nevada Water Authority (SNWA) - The supplier of drinking water to Las Vegas is a large NV public lands rancher with an estimated 1 million acres of public grazing allotments. Like Barrick Gold, it, buys up private ranches to gain their water rights.
  6. W. Barron Hilton (Hilton Hotels) - The hotel heir dropped off Forbes Billionaires list (ranked #459 in 2011) as well as its list of the 400 Richest Americans (#144 in 2010), with a net worth of $ 2.5 billion. He died in 2013. Though records are hard to pin down, Hilton's heirs inherited a ranching operation in the CA-NV border area, which has been known to have vast public lands grazing allotments permitted to it.
  7. Mary Hewlett-Jaffe (Hewlett-Packard) - Jaffe holds the largest BLM public lands grazing permit in central ID and is among the top 15 public lands ranchers in the state (estimated at under 200,000 acres that are said to be in extremely degraded condition, according to sources).
  8. James Barta (Sav-Rx.com) - Barta is not on any Forbes rich lists, but owns one of the largest cattle ranching operations in the U.S., according to his attorneys. Barta holds grazing permits to nearly 900,000 acres of public grazing allotments in connection with two properties: White Horse Ranch (in OR) and Soldier Meadows (in NV). Barta may have additional NV grazing leases through two other ranches in NV, according to Jon Marvel, founder of Western Watersheds Project.
  9. T. Wright Dickinson - Though not on any Forbes list, the Dickinson family is a large public lands rancher, with grazing permits estimated at more than a half million acres of CO, UT and WY public lands under its LLC, Vermillion Ranches. Dickinson is a former County commissioner and proponent of county efforts to gain control of federal lands, according to the Denver Post.
  10. Stan Kroenke (Kroenke Group) & Ann Walton Kroenke (Walmart) - With just two of his ranches (in MT and WY) totaling 664,000 acres (not including public grazing allotments), Kroenke is one of the ten top land owners in the U.S. In 2014, he ranked #89 on Forbes list of the 400 Richest Americans, #247 on its Billionaires list, and #5 on its list of Richest American Sports Team Owners (net worth: $ 5.8 billion). His wife, Ann Walton Kroenke (net worth: $ 5.6 billion), was #261 on Forbes Billionaires list and #11 on its list of America's Richest Women.
  11. Family of Robert Earl Holding (Sinclair Oil and hotels) - Forbes ranks the family #87 on its 2014 list of America's Richest Families (net worth: $ 2.7 billion). With 400,000 acres of land, the family is the 19th largest private land owner in the US, according to the 2014 Land Report 100. This includes land that Forbes reported "may be the largest ranching operation in the Rocky Mountains." Public grazing leases are associated with some of the family's WY and possibly MT holdings, according to Jon Marvel, founder of Western Watersheds.
  12. Ted Turner - He's the second largest U.S. land owner (2 million acres in 6 states), is estimated to hold grazing leases in MT and NM (estimated at as much as 300,000 acres), and owns the world's largest bison herd. Forbes ranked him #296 on its 2014 list of the 400 Richest Americans and #818 on its global Billionaires list (net worth: $ 2.2 billion).
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Fifty years after the U.S. ground invasion of Vietnam began, we look back at the 1968 My Lai massacre, when American troops killed hundreds of civilians. Journalist Seymour Hersh broke the story of the massacre and cover-up, winning a Pulitzer Prize for his work. But Hersh never actually went there -- he interviewed soldiers stateside. Forty-seven years later, he recently traveled to My Lai for the first time, which he documents in a new article for The New Yorker, "The Scene of the Crime: A Reporter's Journey to My Lai and the Secrets of the Past." Hersh joins us to discuss how he exposed the massacre nearly five decades ago and what it was like to visit My Lai for the first time.
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